Drug addiction can be a very serious problem. Click here to learn about the different signs of drug addiction and various drug behaviors.
Back in 2013, it was estimated that 24.6 million Americans over the age of 12 had used an illicit drug in the past month. Just 11 years prior, that number was 8.3%. If these stats tell us anything, it’s that drug abuse is on the rise.
You may suspect that a family member or friend is not sober. Here are 7 signs of when someone abuses drugs and behavior that might result.
1. Bloodshot Eyes
Mainly alcoholics have bloodshot eyes, but other drugs like marijuana can cause this too. If you think someone is abusing alcohol or weed, this is one of the first signs to look for.
2. Sudden Mood Swings
Does your loved one seem happy one minute, then extremely irate the next? This might be because they’re addicts.
When they’re happy, they’re usually experiencing the euphoria that comes with the high. But once it wears off, it has a physiological effect on them, which can make them irate and moody until they get their next “hit.”
3. Changes in Sleeping Pattern
Most people sleep anywhere between 11:00 pm until 9:00 am. A few people may be night owls and stay up during those hours, so that’s not necessarily indicative of a drug habit.
What you should take note of is if their sleeping pattern changes. For example, if your brother usually sleeps from 11:00 pm until 7:00 am, but you’ve noticed him still awake during those times and falling asleep during the day, he may be using drugs.
4. Neglect in Self-Care
Whether they’re high or hungover, an addict may not care too much about self-care since they’re too busy prioritizing drugs. If your loved one seems unkempt and not too tidy, this is a red flag.
5. Failure to Take Care of Responsibilities
Again, drugs are addicts’ first and only priority. They may skip school or work to meet up with dealers and get high. Or, if they are still present for either one, their performance can be lacking.
6. Changes in Friends
This one will be very noticeable if your family member had a stable friend group and suddenly changes it. These new “friends” will either be drug connections or people they get high with.
Treatment centers like Inspire Malibu can help steer your loved ones away from bad influences and encourage them to seek better social groups to associate themselves with.
If your loved one used to be a social butterfly but suddenly is withdrawn, they may be hiding a drug problem. Isolation keeps them away from the attention of others, who may notice strange behaviors, track marks, weight loss, and marked skin.
Recognize the Warning Signs of Drugs and Behavior Associated with Usage
When you know the warning signs of drugs and behavior that’s associated with them, it’ll be easier to know if a loved one is using or not. If you suspect a friend or family member is abusing drugs, don’t hesitate to reach out. They’ll always appreciate some loving support.
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